Counseling and Social Change
The counseling and social change minor is offered through the Department of Counseling and School Psychology and provides students the tools to seek change in diverse social contexts. It is an undergraduate, interdisciplinary 18-unit minor that encompasses social justice and diversity.
This minor, offered through the Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP), builds on CSP’s commitment to facilitating individual, group and systems change in diverse social contexts. The minor introduces students to skills and concepts used to understand and create such change, and to professional career paths such as school and community counseling, clinical psychology, social work, family therapy, and school psychology. It provides immersion in theory and experience-based practice. The minor is open to all students.
There are four core classes with additional classes selected from other departments such as Women Studies, Africana Studies or Sociology. The curriculum focuses on human relationships, and pushes students to cause social change in their communities.
- Open to students in all majors
- Preparation for graduate study in human services fields such as community, rehabilitation, or school counseling; clinical counseling, or school psychology, social work, or marriage and family therapy
- Emphasis on social justice, diversity, and social location issues
- Course electives selected from several departments
- Core Courses in Department of Counseling and School Psychology
What you will learn:
- Theories, approaches and helping techniques used in human services fields; for instance, attending and responding skills, conflict resolution, problem solving, and decision-making skills
- Influences of socio-cultural issues on shaping human problems
- How to examine gender, ethnicity and class in cultural interactions between clients and human service professionals
- Context and systemic influences on the intersection of social change and social justice
To complete the minor, you must complete two elective and four core courses as detailed below.
|LOWER DIVISION||UPPER DIVISION|
|One eligible lower division course (3 unit)
Completed in EITHER the first or second year
Counseling and the Helping Professions
Quest for Identity
Intro to Counseling Skills and Practices
Counseling and Social Change
|Plus one eligible upper division elective (3 unit)
Selected in the Fall or Spring in EITHER the Junior or Senior Year
Specific Requirements of the Minor
Lower Division Elective: 1 Course (3 units)
CFD 135, 270, 272; PSY 101; SOC 101, 150; SWORK 110, 120; WMNST 101, 102
CORE: 4 Courses (12 units)
Core classes must be taken in the following order:
- CSP 400 Counseling & the Helping Professions (3)
- CSP 401 Quest for Identity (3)
- CSP 320 Introduction to Counseling Skills & Practices (3)
- CSP 460 Counseling & Social Change (3)
Upper Division Elective: 1 Course (3 units)*
AFRAS 320, 331; ASIAN 459, 460; ED 451; CFD 335, 536, 537, 560, 578; CSP 300, 310*, 420; PSY 344, 345; SOC 352, 436, 450; SWORK 370; WMNST 310, 360, 536, 572, 565
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You are welcome to start taking the courses before enrolling in the minor. Many students find this helpful in getting acquainted with the minor. We recommend starting with CSP 300 or CSP 420, which can also count toward one of your General Education requirements. Please see “Can I ‘double dip’ a course for my Counseling and Social Change minor and my General Education (GE) requirement?”.
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- Financial aid
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CSP 596 The Black Experience: Counseling and Contemporary Social Movements
Enroll in our newest CSP class and earn credit towards the completion of your CSC Minor! You will learn about contemporary social movements and African-centered helping approaches that can support future helping professionals. The class is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and there are no prerequisites.